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Augustus John

(1878-1961), Painter

Augustus Edwin John

Sitter in 106 portraits
Artist associated with 33 portraits
John was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the third of four children. A brilliant student at the Slade School of Art (1894-98). He had also studied together with his sister Gwen John in Paris. He was associated with the New English Art Club and the Camden Town Group but remained largely independent from artistic trends and movements. By the 1920s he was the leading portraitist of his day whose sitters included distinguished contemporaries such as George Bernard Shaw and T.E. Lawrence. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1928. Alongside these achievements his lifestyle epitomised that of the bohemian artist, a reputation bolstered by his fascination with Romany culture.

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Augustus John, by Augustus John - NPG 4577

Augustus John

by Augustus John
chalk, circa 1901
NPG 4577

Wyndham Lewis, by Augustus John - NPG 6066

Wyndham Lewis

by Augustus John
etching, circa 1903
NPG 6066

W.B. Yeats, by Augustus John - NPG 4105

W.B. Yeats

by Augustus John
pencil and wash, circa 1907
NPG 4105

Ronald Firbank, by Augustus John - NPG 4600

Ronald Firbank

by Augustus John
pencil, circa 1915
NPG 4600

George Bernard Shaw, by Augustus John - NPG 6972

George Bernard Shaw

by Augustus John
pencil, circa 1915
NPG 6972

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by Augustus John - NPG 6095

Lady Ottoline Morrell

by Augustus John
oil on canvas, 1919
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6095

Sir Caspar John, by Augustus John - NPG 6192

Sir Caspar John

by Augustus John
oil on panel, circa 1920
NPG 6192

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